San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Instructors: Loretta Faveri & Denise Mireau
Nerve networks grow out of our unique sensory experiences laying down intricate patterns that govern all our higher level brain development…The richer our sensory environment and the greater our freedom to explore it, the more intricate will be the patterns for learning, thought, and creativity.
~Carla Hannaford, Ph.D.
For many of us, dancing means moving our bodies to the beat of our favourite song, it’s predictable, comfortable and makes us happy. For some, it’s painfully uncomfortable and must be avoided at all costs. But what if we could make music with our bodies? Wouldn’t it challenge everything we understand about dance? Attend this workshop and find out for yourself. At SonicWear, we believe it opens up wonderful opportunities for collaboration, creativity and performance. You and your fellow participants will be guided through a series of collaborative activities using SOMO, a wearable sensor turns your movement into music. By the end of the session the group will have created a unique composition of SOund and MOvement.
Please wear comfortable clothing to this workshop that will not restrict your movement.
More about the Instructors:
Loretta Faveri is a Canadian artist with a vision: to turn human bodies into moving musical instruments. With the assistance of OCADU’s Social Body Lab and the Imagination Catalyst, she created SOMO, a wireless, wearable sensor that turns body movement into sound. She and her team are developing the device as an open platform for artists and musicians as well as an educational tool for the performing arts. Her collaborations with Ballet Jorgen, Undine Dance and the Studio for Movement led to the creation of several dances where SOMO was integrated into their performances. She was a speaker and presenter at the Toronto Reference Library’s Digital Innovation Hub, Digifest 2014 and most recently at the OMDC Digital Dialogue conference. Faveri is a graduate of OCAD University with a BDes in Material Art & Design. Ironically, in her spare time she loves to pursue low-tech arts like weaving, printing and felting.
Denise Mireau is a dance artist and teacher of Middle Eastern dance, an Alexander Technique Teacher (member of ATI), and a Pilates and Yoga instructor. She has been involved in Middle Eastern dance for 25 years. From 1992 until 2006 she performed throughout North America and overseas as a lead dancer with the Arabesque Dance Company. In 1996 she began teaching creative movement to adults, sparking a love of teaching. Over the years she has had the opportunity to share movement and dance with a range of students, from children to seniors. Denise draws upon a wide array of training and experience from modern dance to Tai Chi and improvisation. Her work as a certified Alexander Technique Teacher inspires and informs her approach to teaching movement and dance. Her philosophy towards teaching allows her students to explore movement with greater awareness, acceptance and ease. She is the owner and director of The Studio For Movement.